Mystics defensive woes continue; fall to the Sky 86-78
Mystics center Stefanie Dolson led the Mystics with 14 points however it wasn't enough
Chemistry is a delicate yet major factor in determining if a team will be victorious more often times than not. The Mystics are search for that continues coming off a 86-78 loss to the Chicago Sky, dropping to 2-5 overall and 0-4 at home. Despite having a full roster for only the second time this season, the Mystics struggled executing on offense and getting stops on defense. The Mystics shot 42% from the field while the Sky converted 49% from the field, 42% from 3-point range and 88% from the line.
Four Mystics finished in double figures led by center Stefanie Dolson who posted a game high 14 points, guards Taylor Hill and Ivory Latta both added 11 points while forward Emma Meesseman finished with 10 points respectively. Sky forward Elena Della Donne finished with a game high 18 points (12 in the second half) and guard Cappie Pondexter scored an efficient 16 points which included clutch free throws to put the Sky up for good.
The Mystics trailed the Sky 45-37 at the half before the Mystics closed the gap to five, behind much needed 3-pointers from Latta late in the third at 60-55, showing the winning grit that has defined the Mystics the past couple of seasons. Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (10 points/8 assist) answered right away, with back to back 3-pointers to put the Sky back up 11, leading the Mystics 68-57 after three. In the fourth, the Sky would convert 12 of 13 free throws to close things out.
The Mystics and Sky will battle once again Friday in Chicago at 8:30 p.m.
Sky star Elena Della Donne letting it fly from deep
Mystics forward Emma Meesseman awaits the free throw attempt